Conservative: Questions Journos Won’t Ask Joe

At National Review, Kyle Smith has some fun considering the questions the media would pose to Joe Biden if he were a Republican, ­including about his “history of disturbingly close relationships with white supremacists,” such as George Wallace and Strom Thurmond. And President Barack Obama’s warning: “Don’t underestimate Joe’s ability to f - - k things up.” Another suggested by Smith: “Are you seriously arguing that Hunter Biden was hired by the Ukrainians and paid $3.4 million for his energy expertise, of which he has none?” And: “While you were vice president in 2010, your brother Jimmy, who had no experience in the construction industry, nevertheless formed a construction company that a few months later was granted a $1.5 billion contract to build housing in Iraq. Isn’t this part of a long pattern of Biden family corruption?”

Business beat: Yelp Weaponizes Reviews

The crowdsourced-review site Yelp “has decided to take a stance against racism by enabling a feature” it says arms “consumers with ­information about businesses associated with ‘egregious, racially charged actions’ to help people make ‘more informed spending decisions,’ ” reports Spectator USA’s Melissa Chen. “In reality, Yelp is introducing a rudimentary social-credit system that subjects business owners to the vagaries of the culture wars.” There is “no way to tell if” a company labeled “Business Accused of Racist Behavior” is “the victim of false accusations, especially given the frenzied pace of social-media pile-ons.” Already, “an antifa group has put out a call to its followers to begin compiling a list of businesses guilty of showing sympathy for the police or that stand against the Black Lives Matter movement.”

From the right: Biden’s Worse Than a Plagiarist

Politicians borrow “words and phrases” from each other “all the time,” observes Ira Stoll at The New York Sun. What Joe Biden did in 1987 that forced him to drop out of the Democratic primary — alluded to by Mike Pence in his recent debate with Kamala Harris — was much worse. The ex-veep “falsified his own background to make it seem more blue-collar than it is.” Biden “borrowed” words from British Labour leader Neil Kinnock concerning the latter’s “coal-miner ancestors.” The trouble, as Biden cheekily admitted in 2004: “Turns out I didn’t have anybody in the coal mines.” The hypocrisy is galling. “It’s one thing to plagiarize phony populism from a British Labour party leader. It’s another thing” to affect to be a “spokesman for the disaffected working man” while making millions.

From the left: Claudia Conway Isn’t Your Savior

Liberal pundits should stop treating Claudia Conway “like a YA heroine,” declares Sarah Jones at New York magazine. #TheResistance has propped up the ­15-year-old daughter of former White House ­adviser Kellyanne Conway (and anti-Trump stalwart George Conway) as a “savior,” who will take down President Trump using her “erstwhile Twitter account and active TikTok,” which “offer an inside look into one of the most politically relevant households in the US.” But Twitter pundits ignore that Conway is “a child and possibly an unreliable narrator,” who “isn’t yet old enough to drive.” The “liberal tendency to slot this particular teen girl into a pattern of hero-seeking behavior does no one any favors.”

Libertarian: Better Get a Gun

At USA Today, Glenn Harlan Reynolds cites a new paper by fellow law professor David Bernstein arguing that this year’s riots undercut the argument against individual gun rights. Gun-control proponents claim “individual gun ownership is unnecessary in the modern era, where we have police forces to control crime,” notes Reynolds, yet “that hasn’t worked out very well this year” for many. Police were told to stand down, and “the result was more violence” and “property destruction.” Gun owners joke that “when seconds count, police are only minutes away. But sometimes they’re not coming at all.” Bernstein urges courts to consider that in Second Amendment cases. The rest of us should keep it in mind, too, advises Reynolds. “In 2020, ‘the police will protect you’ seems particularly hollow.”

— Compiled by The Post Editorial Board

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